True joy comes only from God …

“True joy comes only from God and He shares this joy with those who walk in fellowship with Him. …
A life of disobedience cannot be a life of joy.”
– from p.155 of “The Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges.

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It is only by learning to …

“It is only by learning to deny temptation that we will ever put to death the misdeeds of the body. Learning this is usually a slow and painful process, fraught with much failure. Our old desires and our sinful habits are not easily dislodged. To break them requires persistence, often in the face of little success. But this is the path we must tread, painful though it may be.”

– from p.96,97 of “The Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges.